Sunday, March 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Sweet Gracie! 5yrs Old...

Here's the Birthday Girl with her Blueberry Muffin Birthday cake.  Happy Birthday little girl!
EVERYONE was excited about the presents (Thank goodness we can order gifts online!)
The goods... We had a little family party on her Birthday.  We went to Peace On Earth (the local pizza place)  then we had cake and presents. 
Yikes!  Happy Birthday Gracie!

"The Friend Party" ...Gracie was dead set on having a party with her friends.  (I tried to talk her into having a sleep over with TJ in their room and watching movies... no good.)     Notice the disproportionate number of boys to girls.  Apparently Gracie is popular with the little boys in her class.
This is Gracie's little friend Antoinette.  I think she is one of the most adorable little girls I've ever seen.  I've been dying to get a picture of her in her little coat to put on my blog.  She's just too cute!  
(When Brent takes pictures)       Overall I'd say she had a very happy birthday.  What more can a mom ask for?

Bella isn't actually blind... To answer a few questions about UNK...

My last post may have been a little misleading.  Our puppy isn't actually blind.  She was just so little when we got her that her eyes were barely open, they looked cloudy and she was wall eyed.   Now she's an adorable, frisky little puppy, who is 3/4's potty trained and likes to try to bite EVERYTHING!  I have a fun video of Brent dragging her around the floor by her chew toy but I don't know how to post videos anymore... also what happened to spell check?  These are tools I need!  :) 
I don't usually do much writing, (since I'm someone who prefers to look at pictures)  But to answer some of the questions I've received...

There isn't an LDS church in Unalakleet, but I'm blessed to be a member of the Anchorage Alaska Bush Branch.  We listen to our church services via conference call on speakerphone.  It was hard at first, but I think I'm getting the hang of it.  We aren't able to take the sacrament, since there are no priesthood bretheren in the village.  (Although rumor has it that an active LDS family will be moving in next year to work for the school.  HALLELUJAH!)  Our Relief Society President and her husband were in town for work today.  He was able to bless the sacrament for us, which was an answer to our prayers.  Such is proof that Heavenly Father is aware of even the least of us, and if we're patient he'll reveal his plan for us, and his blessings.

Unalakleet, population 757 in 2008  -currently 762

Yes we do have a school, elementary & highschool all in the same small building.  Actually all three of our kids go to school here, they have an Early Childhood Education program for the 3 & 4 year olds, so the girls are now in school too.  It's a good opportunity for them to get out of the house and make friends.  We don't really have many places to go up here.  TJ is in the Kindergarten for his homeroom, but he is in the 2nd grade reading class and the 1st grade math.  He seems to have adjusted pretty well, even to having to do homework every night. 

Brent really likes his job.  Yesterday he flew to Nome to pick up his trooper snow machine.  Today he's riding it home from Nome.... He'll be here in a few days.  He's riding with some other Troopers, they'll be doing some Iditarod trail patrolling on the way back.  I've been a little worried about this particular trip.  (It was 28 below this morning.)  Brent keeps reminding me that he and the other troopers are the guys who get sent out to save people if they get into trouble.  I suppose that's comforting, it'll be even more comforting when he's home. :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Life in U-to-the-N-to-the-A-to-the... just kidding, here in Unalakleet. ;)

Gracie in her little firefighter hat from pre-school.  I think she's pretty cute!  Looks cold though!

I finally live somewhere cold enough to wear my fox fur hat that Brent gave me.  (I always felt a little silly before.  But here it's a way of life.  People make their own fur coats and gloves.  It's so cold that you need them.  Sometimes it's so cold that it gives me a brain freeze headache from being out side, with the wind blowing so hard, it really hurts.  (like when you eat ice cream too fast only worse) It really makes you appreciate warm clothes. 

It took me a while to do any posting. 1st we didn't have internet. Then I had to get up the gumption to take pic's in the FREEZING cold.
But here it is, Unalakleet.  You can see our appartment behind the snow hill Gracie is playing on.

Brent missed the kids so much when we were in Vernal that he bought them this little .22 rifle. He was so EXCITED about it.... the kids liked it too! :)

We got home from our trip to Vernal just in time to celebrate Brents 32 Birthday.   :)   Happy Birthday Baby!

Puppy Power

Brent brought this poor blind, toothless little puppy home with him on one of his flights to Stebbins.
After some discussion (and bribery) we named her Bella.
We fed her with a medicine dripper since she was still blind.  The kids LOVE her.  We think she'll be a good dog.